Minnesota Vikings 2016 Preview

Minnesota Vikings 2016 Preview

2015 Season Review (11-5)

2015 Pass Attempts 454 – Rank: 32nd
2015 Rush Attempts 474 – Rank: 4th
2015 Total Offensive Plays 973 – Rank: 28th
2015 Yards Per Play Rank 5.3 – 25th

As a Browns fan, I wanted Teddy Bridgewater a few Season’s back. We all know how that went, my Brownies draft Johnny Football and the rest is history. Meanwhile, Teddy Bridgewater has done “decent” in his first two Seasons. Although nothing spectacular individually, 28 TD in 28 career games, the Vikings have had a respectable team, both years, 7-9 year one, and 11-5 year two with a trip to the Playoffs. With a full cast back this year, and Adrian Peterson officially 100% back from his year long suspension in 2014 I’m looking for a big improvement from Teddy and Vikings.

That improvement may not come in the way of fantasy points however. Despite being a strong playoff contender, they really don’t have much fantasy value aside from Adrian Peterson, Kyle Rudolph, and their stout defense. None of the Vikings wide receivers eclipsed 100 targets last season (not catches) TARGETS. That is rather surprising in today’s pass heavy NFL. Although I am a huge Teddy Bridgewater fan, I may still roster him if he is facing a very weak defensive team. Bridgewater does provide some upside as a rusher, and he will always be a very cheap QB, but I would only roster him on a purely matchup basis.

Coach Zimmer and his staff clearly have a Run First approach, and they seem perfectly happy limiting the pass attempts. With Adrian Peterson in the backfield, who can blame them? Nonetheless, Vikings Wide receivers probably wont be high on your DFS Watch limit week in and week out.

TE Kyle Rudolph can be a decent play on weeks where he has a very exploitable matchup, however, even in those cases he’s going to be mainly a GPP play because the volume, or even, potential volume is just not going to be there. Only one WR really worth mentioning is Stefon Diggs and 1st round pick Laquon Treadwell. The Vikings took Treadwell 23rd overall and he’ll probably end up being the #1 WR in the near future, but, the jury is still out on him as he was rather unimpressive during the combine and pro day. On the field is what counts however, and, on the last year, he was a flat out STUD for the Ole Miss Rebels. Keep an eye on him.

Vegas has the Vikings set right at 9 wins on the year. I believe Teddy Bridgewater will continue to improve, and the Vikings will slowly ask for more out of him as his young receivers develop. With Adrian Peterson still in the prime of his career, I’m expecting the Vikings the make another run at the playoffs, so I’m taking the OVER on those 9 wins.

Minnesota Vikings
  1 2 3 4 5 6
QB Sam Bradford Shaun Hill Taylor Heinicke      
RB Adrian Peterson Jerick McKinnon Matt Asiata Zach Line    
WR Stefon Diggs Charles Johnson Laquon Treadwell Adam Thielen Cordarrelle Patterson Jarius Wright
TE Kyle Rudolph MyCole Pruitt Rhett Ellison David Morgan    
K Blair Walsh    

The Core by xBenJamminx

When you think of the Vikings, you think Adrian Peterson ground and pound, which is precisely what we’ll get this year.

Young Teddy Bridgewater is coming into his third year, throwing for 14 TDs in both of his first two seasons. Last year he wasn’t ranked in the top 20 of any passing category. That isn’t very promising. The only thing that makes me feel he may have some progression because he has an easy schedule. This team lives and dies by the perennial stud Adrian Peterson. Winning the rushing title in 2015, he led the NFL in every rushing category. Known as “All Day”, you could literally hand him the ball all day long and watch him work. He’s hands down one of my favorite running backs ever. Teddy’s #1 option Stefon Diggs really made a name for himself last year making some big plays but he only received 6 targets per game and his targets decreased towards the end of the year. He had 50 catches and 4 TDs in 2015 but should see those numbers increase this year. We just don’t know how he’ll maintain the WR1 spot with the focus on him. We have a young receiver in Laquon Treadwell,  the big WR from Ole Miss who wants to make a name for himself but he’s going to have to beat out a few of the other guys, especially with Jarius Wright who was the only other receiver last year besides Diggs to have over 50 targets. Kyle Rudolph isn’t somebody I ever pay attention to and may have a spot on the offense but he has no problem staying in and blocking.

Cash Thoughts: The only person I really will be considering for cash here is Adrian Peterson. I can probably make a case for Stefon Diggs in the right matchup but that’s really all I look at here. AP or bust.

GPP Thoughts: Anything goes with GPPs but I’ll make this simple. I’ll be using Adrian Peterson and probably not much else but you can take fliers on the QB/WR1 QB/WR2 stacks but I probably won’t be going heavy.

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